The Birth of A Nation

On October 6 my father and I went to see the film The Birth of a Nation. It isn’t the racist movie that came out in 1915, it is a movie about the Nat Turner rebellion which happened in 1831. I will try not to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it yet, but I will have to explain things.

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Disney’s Queen Of Katwe

Last Friday I went to see the movie Queen of Katwe on the day it came out. My interest for the movie started when I saw a poster while at the movies to see another film. So let me tell you my thoughts on the movie.

For those who don’t know, the movie was about a girl named Phiona Mutesi who lived in the city of Katwe which is in Uganda, and how she gets through troubles in life while playing chess. Her coach, Robert Katende saw that she had potential, so he started to take her to chess competitions. I do not want to spoil the movie, but there were some parts of the movie I liked and parts I didn’t.

One of the things I liked about the movie was that there was no “white savior”, meaning a so-called white person that came in to help/rescue the so-called black person. Phiona was helped by her coach and later on in the movie she was helped by her mother. I also liked that there were many non-white people in the movie. Most movies will have a non-white person as the main character but will also have a so-called white person running things in the background of the movie. Most of all I loved that it showed what an African woman can do and the knowledge possessed by many of the children in Africa. I am sure that there are many more children who are just as smart a Phiona but do not have the opportunity she had.

Now things I did not like about the movie. In the movie the mother of Phiona (who is the main character) is not married (because her husband died of AIDs when Phiona was 3 years old, which is something they didn’t mention in the movie). Throughout the movie, her mother is having trouble paying for rent and food, so women are telling her that she should get a husband that will pay her rent. This made me irritated because it made it seem as though every woman needed a man to take care of them. Also, the film only showed the city of Katwe, which fits the stereotype about many African cities. Dirty roads, barely standing houses made out of wood planks, garbage everywhere, and crowded streets. The movie could have shown other parts of Africa that weren’t as bad as Katwe, or it would be nice to have more movies showing other cities in Africa that do not fit the stereotype.

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Above is the city of Katwe

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The city of Port Louis which is the capital of Mauritius

 

In summary, The movie met my expectations. There were some things I didn’t like, but the part of the movie I really liked was how at the end they had the actors line up with the people they were acting for in the movie. So you get to see what the person looks like today. I think it was worth the money to see, and I encourage other people to see it too.

3 Facts About The Emancipation Proclamation

For my school work last week I had to do research on the Emancipation Proclamation. I had never really considered researching the Emancipation Proclamation before, so I learned something new during this research. When most people think of the Civil War they remember a war that was fought over states rights, but is that really true? Did the Emancipation Proclamation get signed on January 1, 1863? Did President Abraham Lincoln really care about the slaves? When I looked up the Emancipation Proclamation I found answers to questions I didn’t even know, and I would like to share them today.

1.  Did Abraham Lincoln care about the slaves?

From my research, I have concluded that Abraham Lincoln didn’t really care about the slaves. According to History.com, Lincoln said in 1861 during his inaugural address that he has, “no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with slavery in the States where it exists.” He said this a little less than two months after the Civil War started. So at the beginning of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln could care less about the slaves, what he was focused on was winning the war.

2. Was the Civil War all about states rights?

Based on my research, the Civil War was fought over the owning of slaves. When the war was going badly for the Union, Lincoln had to come up with a solution. Lincoln realized that the Confederate side was using slaves to help fight the war, and when slaves started running to the Union side for safety, Lincoln had to figure out what to do. So Lincoln enacted two laws:

1.)  one law freed slaves who are engaged in the rebellion against the United states, and

2.) another law said the president had the power to use freed slaves in the army even as soldiers.

This, of course, freed the slaves that were involved in helping the Confederate side, and Lincoln had the power to make the freed slaves soldiers for the Union army. So the freed slaves were not entirely free. By this time, Lincoln wanted the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves in Confederate states, so he talked it over with his cabinet. According to History.com, Lincoln quoted that it has now become “a military necessity…. We must free the slaves or ourselves be subdued.” But Secretary of State William H. Seward told Lincoln to wait until a major Union military victory was done. So Lincoln waited until the Battle of Antietam, then on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation took effect.

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This is Secretary of State William H. Seward.

3. When did Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

I found out that Lincoln first said that the Confederate states had to free their slaves from September 22, 1862, to January 1, 1863. But of course, the Confederate states said no, so Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was actually declared on September 22, 1862.

What I have told you today are things I have learned recently myself, and I find this information to be a big part of American history and should be taught. America can celebrate their meaningless holidays like Halloween and Valentines Day, why do we celebrate these holidays. Halloween is basically all about candy, and you should show your love for someone every day of the year, not just one day. My family will celebrate something that shaped how we live today.

 

 

 

 

The Problem With So Called “Young Adult Books”

Every time I go to the library, I have to look up the reviews of the books I checked out to see if there is anything bad in the books. I cannot count how many times I had to put back a book because it had a lot of swearing and sexual content. Most of the time when I get a book, it will pass one requirement, but break another. Why do authors put such content in their books? This is a question I will answer because I have asked it myself.

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Black Child In A White Education System

“To handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst kind of lynching. It kills one’s aspirations and dooms him to vagabondage and crime”, is what Carter G. Woodson said in his book The Mis-Education Of The Negro, written in 1933. What he means is that by not teaching the Black child about his history and only about Roman or Greek history, he will never see the importance in the color of his skin. Continue reading “Black Child In A White Education System”

Three Perks of Being a Homeschooler

Kids in school do not really think about the perks of being a homeschooler, but there are many. Those I’m listing are directed at kids, but some could be toward adults also. One perk I never had the pleasure of getting is quiet siblings. However, these other perks are ones that I did experience.

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Three Incorrect Stereotypes About Homeschooled Kids

 

Hello everyone, I am Lexi and I am 15 years old. I will be a regular contributor on teachthemright.me. For my first post I would like to share with you some of my thoughts on homeschooling misconceptions.

There are different stereotypes for parents homeschooling their children and for the child being homeschooled, but many of them are wrong. The stereotypes below are some many kids face for being homeschooled. Most of my life, I have had to combat these stereotypes and prove that they are not always true.

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